Review: The Bodyguards’ Princess by Ann Mayburn

Filed in 3 Stars , Ann Mayburn , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on January 5, 2012 @ 7:00 am 10 comments

Format read: ebook copy provided by author
Release Date: 30 July 2011
Number of pages: 132 pages
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon


Lalita Chetana, daughter of a United Nations Diplomat, survives an attempted kidnapping by a terrorist group known as the anarchists. She has a difficult time with her recovery, and her father hires two bodyguards, ex-Marines Asher Epson and Kent Warne, to keep her safe and give her time to heal. Unfortunately, even their skills can’t save her from an enemy determined to destroy her.

Hypnotized into stealing UN secrets, she is framed by the anarchists. As part of their plan to humiliate and break her father, they plant a hypnotic trigger that anytime she hears the word “bitch” she will become aroused to the point of pain. She is forced to flee and go into hiding with Asher and Kent. The men become unable to hide their real feelings for her after her trigger is hit and they have to relieve her of her sexual torment.

Warning: This book contains hot,dominant men who will do anything to please their lady including light bondage, spanking, public caning, and decadent ménages.

My Thoughts: I discovered Ann Mayburn through her latest novel released in October, The Breaker’s Concubine, which garnered my attention due to Susi’s review. I gobbled it up and loved Ann’s rich and unique worldbuilding and scorching hot writing, so when I started reading The Bodyguards’ Princess I was expecting the same sparks and magic.

The Bodyguards’ Princess is the story of Lalita, the shy goth daughter of an Indian UN diplomat. Due to his position and importance in world politics to protect his daughter Lalita’s father employs two bodyguards to keep Lalita safe from all threats. Asher and Kent are both highly capable and droolworthy gorgeous male specimen, no wonder Lalita can’t help but dreamily stare at them when they are near her. Their virility and fine bodies inspire countless steamy fantasies for her.

The Bodyguards’ Princess was very hot and erotic, the seduction and sensual scenes between the trio burning up the sheets.

Surprise filled his eyes, quickly chased away by desire. Ever so slowly, he lowered his lips to hers, and she could have wept as he finally kissed her. Soft, sure, hungry, his kiss was everything she had imagined, everything she dreamed.

What made me ambivalent about this story is a personal preference: Asher and Kent, besides being good friends are in love with each other. So it is not the two men being there to satisfy Lalita’s every need, but they are there for each other as well. And there are actual feelings and emotions involved in the mix not just sexual exploits. Even if I’m not a m/m virgin anymore, I’m quite inexperienced having only read about 2-3 such stories, and even when I’ve read ménages with two men, they are usually there to pleasure the female part of the trio, so I would have preferred seeing Lalita being the “main attraction”.

The mystery plot at times was a bit forced and improbable, and I kept swaying between finding Lalita a spoiled brat:

Stiffening her shoulders, she yelled, “If you think I’m sleeping on the floor of this roach motel, you’re high. Who knows what kind of fucked-up disease I’ll get from the carpet.”

Asher strode out of the bathroom and squatted in front of her, placing his hands on either side of her and said in a low voice, “I know you’re scared and pissed, but if you could stop being a bitch at the top of your lungs for one minute, I would appreciate it.”

or looking at her steel spine and independence with respect:

“You think I’m something to keep around to fuck and cuddle? A possession you can pass back and forth?”

Verdict: The Bodyguards’ Princess didn’t blow me away as The Breaker’s Concubine did, but it certainly was a nice, entertaining, whirlwind action packed, burning hot read!

I give The Bodyguards’ Princess 3 stars!

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About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • aurian January 5, 2012 at 7:11 am

    No, this is certainly too hot for me. Question about that quote, didn’t that word trigger the hypnotic suggestion?

    • Stella January 5, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Oh yes it did! 😀

  • Tamsyn January 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I’m not familiar with hypnotic trigger. Does this mean she will always succumb to that specific word?

    • Stella January 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Yes, it means that whennever she hears the “key word” she will do the behaviour programmed into her.

      • Tamsyn January 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

        What if the word is spoken by someone else nearby? Does this mean she will forever be bound by this word?

        • Stella January 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

          Yes, the purpose of this hypnosis was to punish the heroine by her father’s enemies, so if she hears this word even if said on the radio/TV it triggers her behaviour. But this trigger mechanism can be removed by a hypnotist.

          • Sullivan McPig January 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

            another reason this story wouldn’t work for me: I know too much about hypnosis to be able to believe this plot.

  • Sullivan McPig January 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    “being a bitch at the top of your lungs”
    How do you even do that?! Sounds like I might cringe just at the writing alone. But as it’s menage I won’t be reading it anyway.

    • Stella January 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      That means acting like a spoiled brat and screaming like she did a moment ago 😀 lol

  • Jan January 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Sounds interesting but I don’t really do e-books.

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